May 2017
All-island Obesity Newsletter
Obesity in the News

Child obesity crisis will get far worse without tougher measures, warn MPs - The Telegraph

Supermarkets must stop discounting unhealthy foods to tackle child obesity, say MPs - The Guardian

Obese youngsters are missing school due to the misery of bullying - The Independent

Obesity blamed for sharp rise in kidney cancer in UK - The Guardian 

Obesity campaigners call for more salads and fewer puddings in school - BBC News 

NHS could ban sugary soft drinks from all hospital shops - The Independent

4th Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative Report

Minister of State for Health Promotion Marcella Corcoran Kennedy launched the 4th Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI) report

The report sets out the trends in childhood obesity in primary school children in Ireland from 2008 to 2015. Data was collected from over 17,000 examinations. Data collection took place in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2015.

Key findings from the report include:

  • The levels of overweight and obesity in first class children appear to be stabilising.
  • 16.9% of first class children were overweight or obese in 2015.
  • The prevalence of overweight and obesity is higher in girls compared to boys.
  • Overweight and obesity levels are stabilising as children grow older.
  • Disadvantaged schools had a higher prevalence of overweight and obesity compared to non-disadvantaged schools.
  • The gap in overweight and obesity between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged schools widens as children grow older.
Further information on COSI can be found here.
Save the date: Stigma in obesity - a public health priority?
The next All-island Obesity Action Forum Workshop on 'Stigma in obesity - a public health priority' takes place on the 20th of June in the NICVA Centre, Belfast.

The workshop is supported by safefood, the Association for the Study of Obesity on the island of Ireland and the Association for the Study of Obesity (UK).

Guest speakers from across the UK and Ireland will cover the latest research and understanding in the area of weight stigma.

Registration will open soon for the event. For more information see here.


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